"The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultanahmet Camii) is an historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior.
It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it also contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. While still used as a mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist attraction."
Taken from the roof of the 7 hills restaurant in Sultanahmet. The swirls and specks in the sky are seagulls. No tripod used but I did rest the camera on a corner post.
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lousat (92978) 2013-03-04 3:50
Hi Chris,a spectacular choice of the moment,this late blue hour is really the best way to take a pic of this historical Istanbul mosquee,great exposure to take at the top the colors and excellent details too,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
jhm (154632) 2013-03-04 3:54
A wonderful night picture made with fantastic light also the minarettes are splendid.
A pity we missing one top of tower, this is a small detail, and not immediate disturbing.
Sharpness and clarity are pleasant.
Lovely composition, excellent captured, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
pierrefonds (67633) 2013-03-04 4:44
The subject is well framed. Using an ISO of 1400 and a slow shutter speed is allowing me to see the details and colors of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. It has also a special effect on the colors. Well done, have a nice day.
batalay (39171) 2013-03-04 4:47
This is an excellent night shot of the 400 year old Sultanahmet Cami. The practice was that wealthy people could bankroll the building of mosques with up to two minarets, and only Sultans could build minarets with up to four minarets. The ruler, Sultan Ahmet, was known to have been eccentric (if not insane), that he had ordered the building of a mosque with one "altin" ("gold") minaret. His builders realized, however, that even in the vast Ottoman treasury, there was not enough gold to build a solid gold minaret. Instead, they built the mosque with "alti" ("six") minarets, claiming they had misunderstood "alti" for "altin." The story is most certainly apocryphal, after all the Sultan resided in Topkapi Palace within an earshot of the intended location of his mosque.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-03-04 4:57
delightful blue hour shot of the blue mosque. Hand held perfectly and full of wonderful detail and lights. It looks so impressive here in this golden light. Excellent!
Have a great week - regards Brian.
Sergiom (81929) 2013-03-04 5:08
J'aime beaucoup la technique utilisée pour faire ressortir toute la beauté de la Mosquée à l'heure bleue. Les détails sont d'une très belle netteté. Bravo
JFS (32459) 2013-03-04 5:36
Beautiful night shot in blue hour. The quality can't be better, impressive work! Thanks!
Nicou (144352) 2013-03-04 6:11
quelle vue et image de cette mosquée superbe compo quelle gestion des lumières et ces minaret qui ressortent une splendeur superbe compo
bravo et amitié
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4814) 2013-03-04 7:42
Lovely capture on the Haggia Sophia. Love the colors (blue and yellow/gold) seem to go together pretty well. One thing i noticed that it lacks shapness and clarity, and the chopped of towers are quite disturbing a little. probably zooming out a little won't hurt the close up picture. =) (just my opinion) Anyway, thanks for sharing this one!
ymrk (15085) 2013-03-04 7:51
Welcome welcome welcome Chris :)
Beautiful blue hour shot of the well known architecture!
Good angle of vision,Congratulations!
Graal (103032) 2013-03-04 8:08
view of mosque is very nice. Good shot by night. I like the colours and contrast also. Pity that 2 tops of minarets are cuted.
Have a nice evening.
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-03-04 9:32
Beautiful show of the mosque from Istanbul.Good sharpness even in the darkness of the night.Very well done.TFS.
Miguel82 (27646) 2013-03-04 12:38
The most famous mosque in Istanbul
Excellent view by night, a superb monument
Good sharpness, fine colors
jusninasirun (17162) 2013-03-04 16:16
Vintage capture of this signature mosque in Turkey. Lovely ambiance from well metered exposure.
ifege (10641) 2013-03-04 19:53
A good night time photo of a great building. Godd light management.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-03-04 21:57
Malgré le bas de l'image peut-être moins intéressant, je crois que je préfère ta version du WS où les minarets ne sont pas coupés. Belles couleurs de ces heures bleues et belle vue d'ensemble sur la mosquée. Les 1400 ISO font perdre un peu de qualité à l'image mais, sans trépied, le résultat est quand même très bon.
delpeoples (58620) 2013-03-05 5:21
A stunning shot, especially knowing you had no tripod. I initially thought that the minarets were cut a little too severely, but reading that you rested the camera on something tells me you didn't have much control over your framing. Beautiful colours and light. The cobalt blue is magical and those architectural details are truly stunning.
Thanks for sharing
jemaflor (98793) 2013-03-05 11:36
Lovely light capture, nice golden tones, perfect frame for this wonderfull architecture, tfs.
mesutilgim (95558) 2013-03-05 12:58
Very nice nocturnal capture from my homecity !
It's quite seldom here, a night capture of this amazing mosque.
Nice the seagulls flying above the dome of the mosque.
TFS and best regards
dkmurphys (60125) 2013-03-06 22:58
Spectacular night capture. I like the good management of lights and the colors. Well taken.
ourania (47206) 2013-03-26 10:37
although the tips of the minarets did not fit in, I like very much the perspective and the very elegant way the Blue Mosque lies in the frame. The foreground shadows and the royal blue backdrop make e superb frame fot the lovely architecture and its mesmerising golden tones. Lighting is superb and I also love the rhythmical effect of the shadows all over the building. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
nikkitta (17066) 2013-12-09 11:32
Blue Mosque at the blue hour, shining with golden light and some silver on the minarets
Impresive capture of color contrast with some black silhouettes at the front
Nice details of the flying seagulls, seems sparkling..sparks
Well done, congrats, better than the one at the WS